Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Pentax K-5 IIs vs Sony NEX-7n

Pentax K-5

Winner
Pentax K-5

55

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Sony NEX-7

51

Sony NEX-7

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
104 ms shutter lag
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
109 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Battery life
Longer battery life
740 shots vs 430 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
104 ms vs 223 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
600 ms vs 1200 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 13.4 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,162 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size
Significantly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 130x96x72 mm
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3.7x smaller
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
350 g vs 740 g
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2.1x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 2.9"
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Around 50% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$598.00 vs $752.44
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The best price we've seen is $154 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              K-5:82.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              K-5:920k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-5:14.1 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              K-5:23.7 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              K-5:Pentaprism
              NEX-7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,041 body only

              $1,099 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $695 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $949 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $337 - $397 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $797 - $1,197 body only

              $1,164 - $1,247 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $613 - $700 body only

              $837 - $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $449 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $590 body only

              $1,915 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $1,698 body only

              $1,500 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $498 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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